was so taken by the band that he directed a video for their song
"I Wonder" from their 2004 debut full length on Dionysus
Records. "He made the video because he had a dream about the
song," Follin said. Now Gondry's brother, Olivier Gondry, is
making a video for a track off the band's new CD, Talk in Circles,
released in April on Sympathy for the Record Industry.
to The White Stripes -- another band that got its start on the Sympathy
label -- The Willowz do in fact sport a similar DIY garage sound
as that Detroit duo, but with more than a touch of '70s-era Stooges
thrown in for good measure along with the occasional nod to fellow
Cali punkers X. Meanwhile, songs like "Blind Story" and
"Lock Me Out" sound like traditional indie fodder.
The band's O'Leaver's
gig Aug. 13 comes smack-dab in the middle of a two-month tour that's
included a couple off nights, like the Chapel Hill show the previous
night. "It was the worst show on the tour," Follin said.
"We were playing in a book store while a house party going
on next door where everyone was at. We ended up using the other
band's equipment and had fun anyway."
Is the glow
from being in the Jim Carrey movie beginning to wane? "If it
is, it doesn't matter," Follin said. "Our music is going
to be in Michel (Gondry's) new movie, The Science of Sleep.
He's even reworking one song with a chorus sung by a choir."
Published in The Omaha Reader Aug. 10, 2005.
Copyright © 2005 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
was the worst show on the tour. We were playing in a book
store while a house party going on next door where everyone